Meralco import Brian Butch wants to play for Gilas-Pilipinas as a naturalized player.
But how far Butch is willing just to prove that he deserved the slot?
In his brief stay here in the country, Butch had tried getting accustomed to Filipinos’ way of life, including eating the famous delicacy balut.
The 6-foot-10 import recalled teammate Gary David made him eat the notorious fodder among foreigners as it is made up of an aborted duck embryo which is boiled over before being eaten.
“I try a little bit of chicken adobo and then I eat balut. It tasted good but, and there’s a big but, I ate it all, and that maybe the last time,” Butch shared to a few sports scribes shortly after scoring 42 points and grabbing 24 rebounds in leading the Bolts to a 104-99 win against Globalport.
The 29-year-old Appleton, Wisconsin native said seeing the feathers from the cracked egg made him decide not to eat it ever again.
“I told Gary (David) I try anything, but I try only once. So I was cracking the egg open, then saw a couple of feathers. But I still ate it,” he said before bursting to laughter.
Butch as a naturalized player
Butch earlier admitted that he is willing of becoming naturalized and playing for the Philippine team if given the chance.
He was even considered for the spot before by Serbian coach Rajko Toroman in the first batch of Gilas-Pilipinas.
The Philippines is Butch’s fourth overseas basketball stint, having played in China, Greece, and Puerto Rico over the last six years professionally.
He is also a veteran in the NBA D-League.
“I’m open to eat any Filipino food because every time I travel to different countries, I try anything. But I may eat it (balut) only one time.
“And that by far is it, without a doubt (the worst food I ate),” said the former Wisconsin standout with a smile.
And expect Butch to try other delicacies in the country with how he enjoyed his stays here.
--- with reports from Spin.ph
"The worst food I ever ate," Meralco's import Brian Butch reacted on eating balut
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